Makeup & Contact Lenses

By applying your makeup and contact lenses correctly, you can keep your eyes healthy and beautiful. See below for our list of tips:


The most important rule is to always wash your hands first then put your contact lenses in before applying makeup or moisturizer. After that, a primer is often the next best step to start with because it helps keep shadows and liners in place.


When it comes to eyeshadow, it’s better to go for cream shadows over powder ones as they’re less likely to get in your eyes. Keep in mind, cream based shadows can irritate your eyes more if they do get in your eyes so choose water-based rather than oil-based creams.


It’s a common practice to use eyeliner on the waterline under the lashes. This is not a great idea for contact lens wearers as it puts product right on the lens and eye itself as well as blocking the oil glands of the eyelids. Pencils are recommended over gel or cream liners, which can dry then flake. Stay away from Kohl pencils, however, as they consist of heavy metals such as lead.


Avoid fiber mascaras or “lash-extending” mascaras as they can produce micro-flakes that can get into your eyes. Also, stay away from waterproof mascaras as well since they cannot be rinsed out with water and can stain soft contact lenses. Look for hypo-allergenic oil- and fragrance-free formulas instead. When applying, don’t brush on all the way to the root of your lashes to keep the product from touching your eyes and don’t leave any clumps, which can flake off into your eyes.

Since several contact lens wearers are women, many cosmetic companies are now even making products in response to this growing demand. Next time you’re at the makeup counter, ask for products that are specifically labeled “ophthalmologist tested” and “safe for contact lens wearers.” But even with these products, if you wear a lot of make-up consistently, consider switching to a daily lens. It’s the only way to be 100% sure you’re starting with a fresh, makeup- and residue-free pair each day. A good option is Proclear 1-day which is made from a unique material that naturally attracts water and maintains 96% moisture after 12 hours of wear.

So there you have it – you can wear makeup and contact lenses, just be careful about.

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